Integrating innovative TECHnologies along the value Chain to improve small ruminant welfARE management

National workshops/focus group

National Workshops : Engage Stakeholders to Co-Design Solutions

The SR value chain in Europe is a complex matrix of stakeholders with very different interests and profiles, where it is not possible to establish one-size-fits-all solution. In TechCare, successful strategies to manage and monitor animal welfare will be investigated  through  an integrated multi-actor approach which takes into account the local livestock production system and involves all relevant stakeholders, from farmers to transporters, slaughterhouse, consumers and regulators. The multi-actor approach will contribute to the building of new animal welfare approaches to further add value to EU foods of animal origin.

In order to achieve stakeholders’ engagement and co-design of TechCare Outputs, two National Workshops (NWs)/year are envisaged in each partner country and National Facilitators were trained on technical and scientific methods to conduct this. The main ouput expected from NWs  is to explore attitudes, behavioural dynamics and perceptions of stakeholders and their implications for prioritising welfare issues and using PLF tools to monitor animal welfare at different production systems. The ultimate purpose is to analyse the sustainability of the identified PLF technologies by exploring the environmental, social, economic and cultural impacts for each use case study.